What better way to enjoy all of the cinematic goodness that Hollywood has to offer than under the L.A. skyline? Luckily the craze has really caught on since the Hollywood Cemetery started projecting films on mausoleums in 2002, and we have quite a compelling batch to choose from. So grab your sweaters, blankets and a picnic basket (with a stealthily hidden bottle or two alcoholic beverages) and head to these summer showings to get your outdoor movie-viewing fix.

600 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles

The Cinespia film screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery are pretty well known as the grandfather of outdoor movie screenings in L.A. In short, it is an awesome way to ease into outdoor movies for first-timers. Make sure to pack a cooler for snacks and alcohol, and arrive early. When we say early, we mean early – many guests start lining up well over two hours before the flick, and arriving fashionably late means you might get stuck with some real crappy seats in the back. Once you claim your territory on the grass, feel free to spend the next couple of hours people watching and drinking (as per Cinespia customs). As you can imagine, this place definitely draws quite the crowd. The movies are mostly classic film picks (past screenings have included The Birds, Grease and the original Exorcist), but some recent flicks also make the cut every summer.

Every Saturday
Doors usually open @ 7 p.m., movie @ 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Approx $8-$15

Eat See Hear
Locations differ each week

This place has everything that a good outdoor movie screening in L.A. has to offer: local music, food trucks, great venues and all of our film favorites. Every Saturday during the summer, Eat See Hear hosts a different film at a different location in L.A. – this summer will feature screenings at sites such as the LA State Historic Park, Pasadena City Hall and Santa Monica High School. The summer event is sponsored by KROQ, Jack FM and Los Angeles magazine and will feature food trucks such as Lobsta Truck, Ludo, Border Grill, Buttermilk and Coolhaus. Bands from Origami Vinyl will play every night before the show, so make sure to arrive early to snag a good spot. Alcohol is technically prohibited on site, but we won’t tell if you accidentally happen to forget the bottle of wine that just appeared in your messenger bag Saturday morning.

A portion of the net profits from ticket sales will go to Best Friends Animal Society.

Every Saturday night, May 11-Sept. 14
Doors @ 5:30 p.m., music @ 7 p.m., movie @ 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 advance

Street Food Cinema
Locations differ each week

The best part about this outdoor summer screening is that it is 100 percent dog friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch (or steal a friend’s). Screenings will take place at Exposition Park, LA Historic Park and more. As always, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis unless you have reserved seating. This summer Street Food Cinema will host an indie rock line-up from the Viper Room and will provide giveaways from their sponsors to early birds. Last year audience members walked away with gas cards from 76, juice from Naked and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.

Every Saturday night, May 25-Aug. 17 (check website for additional dates)
Doors @ 5:30 p.m., music @ 6:30 p.m., movie @ 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 @ the door, $10 parking

Oscars Outdoors
1341 Vine Street, Hollywood

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, try checking out the Academy of Motion Pictures’ Oscars Outdoors. The screenings have all the ambience of the awards show at their brand new open-air theater in Hollywood with a 40 by 20-foot screen. The Academy also offers free parking across the street and encourages moviegoers to bring their own picnic basket as well as beer and wine. There will also be a food truck or two if you’re not feeling up to packing your own dinner. The Academy sells advanced tickets only, which means that you have ample space to spread out on their Hollywood campus. However, you may also have to be diligent in snagging tickets online in advance. The special incentive to attending an Academy-hosted movie screening: Maybe some of the films will include a Q&A beforehand with cast members and/or film collaborators?

Check website for times and ticketing info.